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Stories with place: Central Africa
  • new storyPope brings peace message to Africa amid security fears 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 4:54 am

    NAIROBI, Kenya - Pope Francis wants to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence, but security concerns are so high that he might be forced to make changes to his itinerary for the final leg of the trip.

  • Kenya declares public holiday for papal Mass 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 7:38 am

    NAIROBI, Kenya - The Kenyan government has declared a national public holiday the day Pope Francis will celebrate Mass here, drawing an expected 1.4 million people.

  • In Kenyan town, Christians worship under police guard 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 10:28 am

    GARISSA, Kenya - As song and prayer drifted from the open, ivy-lined doorways of a Catholic church in Garissa, several security officials, including Muslims, stood watch on the grounds nearby.

  • In Africa, Pope Francis to find a church growing in numbers story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:19 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a "new homeland" for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II traveled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname "the African." Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope. Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal in the face of challenges from secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism.

  • The Latest: Senegal president visits Mali attack site story has photos
    Updated: Nov-22-15 3:09 pm

    BAMAKO, Mali - The latest on the attack on a hotel in the Malian capital of Bamako. (All times local):

  • Pope Africa plans unchanged, but bodyguard does extra check story has photos
    Updated: Nov-19-15 1:53 pm

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is going ahead with plans to visit the conflict-wracked Central African Republic, but his top bodyguard is doing an unusual, last-minute on-site survey to determine if security concerns require any changes to the itinerary, the Vatican said Thursday.

  • Ivory Coast, Ghana, Egypt progress in WCup qualifying 
    Updated: Nov-17-15 4:13 pm

    Ivory Coast, Ghana, Egypt, and Cameroon had few problems in progressing to the final round of World Cup qualifying in Africa on Tuesday.

  • US envoy in Uganda to encourage Burundi peace talks 
    Updated: Nov-13-15 10:28 am

    KAMPALA, Uganda - Washington stepped up efforts to end bloodshed in Burundi Friday by sending a regional envoy to Uganda to encourage talks to resolve the crisis, a Ugandan official said Friday.

  • Pope steady despite a crazy, messed up month of scandal 
    Updated: Nov-13-15 12:04 am

    VATICAN CITY - The Vatican is no stranger to drama, intrigue or scandal. But even by Vatican standards, this has been one hell of a month.

  • Morocco, Guinea win in WCup qualifying, Uganda upsets Togo 
    Updated: Nov-12-15 4:44 pm

    Morocco, Guinea and Congo all won their first-leg games in World Cup qualifying on Thursday, while there were upsets as Uganda won in Togo and Benin beat Burkina Faso.

  • UN probing new sex abuse allegations in C. African Republic 
    Updated: Nov-11-15 3:47 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations says it is investigating new allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by U.N. peacekeepers in violence-ridden Central African Republic.

  • 5,000 flee Central African Republic camp after rebel attack 
    Updated: Nov-11-15 1:57 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - U.N. officials say at least five people are dead and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people in Central African Republic after it came under attack by rebel fighters.

  • UN sending extra troops, police to Central African Republic 
    Updated: Nov-10-15 8:38 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Central African Republic is adding hundreds of troops and police before next month's elections, but their arrival is expected to be too late for Pope Francis' visit to the violent country.

  • West Africa conference focuses on threat posed by jihadists story has photos
    Updated: Nov-09-15 4:40 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - Islamic extremists are expanding their reach in West Africa, using porous borders and exploiting political chaos to further their attacks, security experts said Monday at the opening of a regional conference on the jihadist threat.

  • Central African Republic reschedules vote for Dec. 27 
    Updated: Nov-09-15 4:34 pm

    BANGUI, Central African Republic - Authorities in Central African Republic say the first round of voting in a long anticipated election now will take place two weeks later than initially planned.

  • Congo clears the way for 72 adoptions after 2-year wait 
    Updated: Nov-02-15 5:21 pm

    KINSHASA, Congo - Congo's government cleared the way Monday for dozens of children to join their adoptive families abroad after more than two years of waiting, though a further 1,000 others will have to remain in orphanages for now.

  • Chadian army: 3 dead, 14 wounded in Boko Haram attacks 
    Updated: Nov-01-15 10:39 am

    N'DJAMENA, Chad - The Chadian military says at least three soldiers are dead and 14 others have been wounded in a series of attacks blamed on Islamic militants.

  • Pope still hopes to go to Central African Republic story has photos
    Updated: Nov-01-15 9:56 am

    VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis expressed hope Sunday he can still visit the Central African Republic this month despite what he called a worrisome flare-up of violence in that conflict-torn country.

  • Longtime Republic of Congo leader now can seek re-election 
    Updated: Oct-27-15 9:27 am

    BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo - Voters in Republic of Congo overwhelmingly approved changes to the constitution that will allow the country's longtime leader to seek another term in office, election officials said Tuesday.